Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs put together their best overall performance this season in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. While the offence struggled a bit in the games before Saturday, Toronto still owns the seventh-ranked offence in the NHL.
Even after scoring five goals on Saturday, the Leafs surprisingly own the lowest scoring home offence in the NHL (as they only managed 11 goals in their first seven home games). However, with some lineup adjusts in the wake of the Auston Matthews injury, they should climb up the rankings.
New Jersey Devils
Despite strong power play production on the road, the New Jersey Devils have mainly struggled on the road this season. New Jersey lost eight of their last nine on the road (excluding their Tuesday game against Ottawa). It is still early in the season but New Jersey needs better play on the road to return to the postseason.
The Devils and Maple Leafs have split their last ten meetings in one of the more balanced Eastern Conference matchups during the previous 15 years. New Jersey picked up three points in their two games in Toronto last season but was shutout by Frederik Anderson despite putting up 42 shots.
Both teams come in with victories over Pittsburgh in the last few days, combining to beat the Penguins 10-1.